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Brownlee Reservoir Fishing Report - Week of June 20, 2016

We went to Brownlee (Reservoir) 6/18 and caught a lot of crappie and small non keeper Bass. Reservoir is full. Crappie were fairly aggressive on their bite.

L. Hewett

Thanks. We've had many recent reports of 8-10" crappie being caught in about 20' of water. Evidently, they are beginning to feed after an early spawn. This bodes well for crappie fishing in Brownlee next spring. We would anticipate 2"+ of growth if conditions are right. Bass populations and size structure in Brownlee are cyclic. We will go several years with an abundance of 11 3/4" bass and all of the sudden they grow to 15 - 16" in a single year. More than likely in response to a change in forage. DP

Lost Valley Reservoir - They're Baaaack! Fishing Report June 2016

Fished Lost Valley Res. north of Fruitvale this past Friday 6/10 .....fishing was slow for trout as it was for most anglers that I talked to.....we trolled and bait-fished for trout....instead we caught many perch in the 4-8 inch range.  Beautiful day on the Lake that is as full as I have ever seen it.

Lawrence

 

Thanks for the note, Lawrence. We've tried to eliminate perch from Lost Valley Reservoir on several occasions - but they just won't go away.  Glad the weather was great and you enjoyed your trip to one of Idaho's scenic fishing destinations.

Dp

Horsethief Reservoir Update May 2016

With Memorial Day just around the corner, here is an update on this popular destination fishery.

Last fall, the reservoir was drained and the remaining fish population euthanized to remove fish illegally stocked in the popular fishing water.  The gate on the dam was then closed to capture winter/spring run-off to refill the reservoir.

Although the reservoir won't be full Memorial Day weekend, there is enough water to launch a boat.  The lake has been restocked with 12" rainbow trout and should be a great location for your weekend get-away.  All camping areas are currently open.

 

World Fish Migration Day - May 21, 2016

Did you ever stop to think about the journey fish make to keep their populations viable? Idaho's ocean-going salmon and steelhead journey 1,000's of miles, negotiate thousands of feet in elevation change and run a gauntlet of swimming, flying, fishing predators to return to Idaho - where they spawn and the cycle repeats. This is important not only for fish populations to survive, but it's also important on a broader scale because fish returning to Idaho headwater streams bring with them ocean nutrients which are important to Idaho ecosystems.

Even our local resident fish journey many miles and contribute to other wildlife and plant communities in ways we are only beginning to understand.

This Saturday is World Fish Migration Day. If you want to learn more, go to:  www.worldfishmigrationday.com/  or www.fws.gov/fisheries/fishmigration to learn more.

How Recycling Provides More Fishing Opportunities - Red Top Pond

So, how do you recycle a spent gravel pit? In the case of Idaho Dept. of Transportation's Red Top pit - we cooperatively turned it into Southwest Idaho's newest fishing water.

Located between Caldwell and Notus, Idaho, Red Top Pond was operated for many years by ITD as a gravel source for roadways throughout the Nampa/Caldwell area. Once the gravel supply was exhausted, Idaho Dept. of Transportation approached the Idaho Dept. of Fish and Game and offered a 99 year lease to make it feasilbe to allow IDFG to add infrastructure including docks, an outhouse and boat ramp for "car-top" boats.  We've also recontoured the banks in a couple of areas to make it easier for experienced and novice anglers alike, to access the water.  Trees to provide shade will be planted in the near future.

The pond recently opened to the public. Follow the signs to the re-purposed pit. Expect to catch largemouth bass and bluegill.

Horsethief Reservoir - Update, April 2016

Late in the fall of 2015, Horsethief Reservoir was drained and treated with a chemical to remove all remaining fish so a rainbow trout fishery could be re-established. Once the treatment was completed, the valve on the dam was closed and the reservoir began to refill.

As of the first week in April, the reservoir is about 1/2 full and is continuing to rise.  At this time, the water level is about 50' below the end of the boat ramp.  Hatchery rainbow trout will be stocked by the end of April to replenish this popular fishery.Watch our website for details on the actual stocking date and size of fish.

Maintenance Work Begins on Winchester Lake - Could Last Through Summer 2016

It's not uncommon for a dam that's over 100 years old to require maintenance. Within the next few weeks Idaho Dept. of Fish and Game in cooperations with Idaho Parks and Recreation will be notifying anglers, park users and landowners that lake levels at Winchester Lake will be falling this spring so we can repair a safety siphon and excavate an explorative hole in front of the spillway. Findings from the test hole will dictate whether additional work is necessary. If more work is needed, the lake could remain drawn down from several weeks to the entire summer. All work is being coordinated with the Idaho Dept. of Water Resources and their Dam Safety experts.

There could also be traffic delays on State Highway 95 alternate Route to Winchester, Idaho.

Attend Public Meetings on 2016 Chinook Salmon Fisheries

Joe DuPont, Clearwater Fisheries Manager, encourages anglers to join the discussion on how to manage this year's Chinook Salmon fisheries. The public meeting is in Lewiston on February 24, 2016. Meetings are also being held in Orofino on February 22 and Riggins on February 23.  Check the press release for more details.

Commission extends big game tag auction comment period

Idaho Fish and Game commissioners on Thursday 2/4, postponed a decision to offer big-game tags for auction until their March 9-11 meeting in Boise to allow more time for the public to comment on the proposal.

The extended comment period will close March 4th.

The comment period has reopened.
  1. Auction tag proposal document [PDF 92kb]
  2. Decision postponed, auction tag press release ( 2/4/16 )
  3. Original auction tag press release ( 1/29/16 )
  4. Comment on the proposal